Photoshop: Blurry ui fonts when ClearType is disabled on Win10

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Turn off ClearType. Restart Photoshop. UI fontas are blurry.
Torn on ClearType. Restart Photoshop. UI fontas are ok.

Comparison ClearType on/off:
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Posted 8 months ago

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Jaroslav Bereza

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That is why ClearType technology was invented. It makes your text much more clear. For classic LCD with RGB pixels oriented in vertical direction it increases DPI 3Ă—. So it can use one-third of the pixel instead of the whole pixel to render text so text can have smaller details which good for already small text.
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If you look with zoom then:
1) names in splash screen does not have anti-aliasign at all. This font with this size si pixel hinted so it looks great. This wouldn't be case for bigger font size.
2) in action panel when you zoom you still see color edges of fonts which means that for this text ClearType is turned on.
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ClearType is not activated. This screenshot is from my laptop where I dont use ClearType. And I have to use PS Version 17.1.2, otherwise ui fonts will be unreadable without ClearType.
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ad 2) sorry but this text was rendered with ClearType regardless of your settings.

And of course, it will be unreadable without ClearType in such small size with 72DPI monitor. That is the reason why it was invented. You can try to calibrate font smoothing in Windows settings but result still won't be great.
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So you want to tell me I have to turn on ClearType, otherwise I can't use new photoshop version? You can't be serious. Photoshop should be useable without ClearType enabled.
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It is. With high DPI monitors.
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Right after I installed 2020, my impression was that something changed the way my fonts look. I didn't like the change or find it more readable. Kinda used to it now and not sure anymore if it was doing so everywhere. I guess in that case it changed something in ClearType that I shouldn't turn back?